Fresh Foods markets in Port Moresby
Green leafy veggies: Easy to grow, earns good income
GREEN leafy vegetables, both introduced and traditional, are some of the nutritious crops that can contribute to healthy living as they have a high content of some of the essential nutrients that our body requires.
Wanpis Gabriel from Wabag, Enga, is a farmer who specialises in green leafy vegetables both for consumption and commercial.
“I have been growing and selling green leafy vegetables for over 15 years at my home at Morata 3 in Port Moresby.
“Growing green leafy vegetables does not involve much labour as other vegetables and it also has been on demand recently in the local markets,” Gabriel said.
“I harvest cabbages from my garden at Morata and bring them to the Waigani Market to sell.
“When my cabbages are not ready, I buy 50kg bags for K200 each at the Boroko Market from the local Central farmers.”
Gabriel also spends time at the market selling a variety of green leafy vegetables like aibika, water cress and cabbage leaf. He sells them in bundles.
“There is now a surplus of greens in the markets so bundles are being sold from K1 to K3,” he said.
He said the money he earned made it possible to meet his daily needs and wants of his family.
‘’I am satisfied with the income I earn from selling green leafy vegetables and so I always have a bench in the Waigani Market to sell my cabbages,” Gabriel said.
Stories sourced from ELVIRA GELE
The Boroko Market has benefited many people, especially women, says a vendor who in the past sold items on the streets and was often chased around by law enforcers.
Aika Uta, a corn (maize) vendor from the Southern Highlands has been selling corn and other vegetables at the Boroko Market since it reopened.
“Before the opening of the Boroko Market I had been selling items on the streets”.
“But I was often chased by police or the city rangers and most of what I sold was confiscated,” she said.
“The establishment of the Boroko Market has provided an avenue for farmers and vendors to interact and trade freely.
“I do not get afraid of being chased and the income I earn from selling corn and bananas is far better.”
Uta usually trades 50kg bags of corn from the Rigo or Koiari farmers and later resells them individually or in groups.
Uta understands that there are many costs involved in selling fresh produce in the market but at the end of the day it is worth it.